‘Politics’ won’t get in the way of Hogan homecoming- ‘Hurricane’ wants Charlo and Spike in Dublin

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Barriers don’t exist in the Dennis Hogan’s ultra positive world.

Anyone who has talked to Kildare native in recent times will be well aware of his belief he can make his dreams come true via positive assertion and hard work.

So when ‘politics’ or the ‘current climate’ are reasons put forward a pro show can’t take place in Dublin then the Australian based Irish fighter doesn’t listen.

Hogan and in fairness his promoters DDP see surmountable obstacles rather than stumbling blocks and have always said the 3Arena will host his first world title defence – and that hasn’t changed.

The 35-year-old first has to win a world title, but has the chance to do so in New York on December 7 when he challenges Jermall Charlo for his WBC world middleweight title.

If ‘politics’ can’t get in the way of a homecoming, then Hogan and co certainly won’t believe the American can get in the way the Kilcullen man’s world title dream.

It seems plans are already in play for Dublin, Hogan and a world title fight.

“My goal was always to win the world title and do my first defence in the 3 Arena in Dublin and that’s not changed,” Hogan told the Irish Mirror.

A first defence at the Dublin docks may prove hard considering it would most likely be a rematch with PBC’s Charlo, but don’t tell Hogan that.

“I do know that the contract for this fight is that if I win this there’s a rematch clause that they would have to execute, but I’d push to have that in Dublin.

“It would be phenomenal to have a big fight in Ireland… There’s a lot of politics around fighting in Dublin, but my promoter Paul Keegan of DDP Sports has been inspired when he’s been at the 3 Arena.

“We don’t look at the politics and all that, we just do things, I get so confused and frustrated with boxing politics but our little motto is ‘we’re doers, we just do’.

“So we’ll do whatever it takes, I’ll win this title and then there will be no stone left unturned from us to bring a fight to Dublin.”

Hogan was expecting to be fighting in Ireland’s capital instead of New York around this time. The Lillywhite fighter believed he would now be in possession of the WBO light middleweight title, but he was beyond unfortunate in his challenge to Jaime Munguia.

Hogan had planned to put the title on the line against Spike O’Sullivan, who fittingly fights Mexican Munguia in Texas on January 11 – and he still believes that is a fight that can happen.

“I have also had this goal that I’d love to be involved in the first world title fight to include two Irishmen and with ‘Spike’ fighting Jaime Munguia in January, if he wins that’s something we could do.

“I hope he gets the win there, I definitely believe he can and it would be great for us to do that for the WBC, these are all larger goals that I have after my primary goal of becoming world champion which I am focused on.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com